Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Day We've All Been Waiting For

 I hit send on Book 4. It's off to my literary agent. Some details about that:

  • It's not DONE done, but it's way done enough. It's all readable and, I think, logical, and together, my team and I can now start making it the best it can be.
  • Not every agent is like this, but mine is an excellent editor, and I really like to get her take on the work first before I hand it in to my editor at Penguin.
  • Sometimes, the three of us--my agent, my editor, and I--will all get on a call and troubleshoot stuff together.
  • This is the time when we start to hope. We hope that the book is good, that people will like it, that it's interesting and different, that it will sell a lot of copies and enchant the masses.
  • There is no harm in the hope, and it gets us through the remainder of the process, which is long and also sometimes grueling.
Now, I'm going to take a couple of days off. In the beginning, that feels so weird. Like, what should I do? Should I scour the house and take loads of things to Goodwill? Should I plan my entire year of curriculum? Should I write pages and pages of ideas for cross country coaching (which starts on Monday)?

I tried to take a nap today, but all of these thoughts and options kept coming instead. Tonight, though? Guess what! It's our 21st wedding anniversary, and we're going out for really fancy sushi. I'm very excited.

1 comment:

LH said...

Happy Anniversary to YOU and Pronto!

I am beyond excited about your news. Please keep us posted.

Maybe hope and creativity go hand in hand?